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FAITH LIKE A CHILD

 

On Thursday, March 1, Clara (3 years old) told me she wanted to ask Jesus into her heart. I was reluctant. After all, she’s only 3 years old, and I wanted to make sure that she really knew what she was doing and that she was sincere in her desire. We talked about it a little bit, and I told her that I would really like for the two of us to be able to sit down with her daddy so that we could all talk together. I hoped to be able to talk that night when Allen got home from work. But, it didn’t happen… that night, or the next, or the next. It slipped to the back of my mind as we got busy with our weekend plans. Clara even asked me two more times, but it was always when Allen wasn’t available…


Finally, on Saturday night, while the girls were deep asleep and I was sewing a project, I became convicted. Since before she was born, I have prayed that God would put a deep desire for Himself and a deep love for Himself in Clara’s heart. I prayed that He would save her at a very young age, and here she was, her heart tender to His call, and I was standing in the way.


What was I thinking?


Allen and I purposefully woke up early Sunday morning so that we would have enough time to talk with Clara. She understood everything. She knew Romans 3:23 “All have sinned…” and Romans 5:8 “While we were sinners Christ died for us.” She knew that she needed Jesus to forgive her of her sins (the specific sins she mentioned were hitting and pushing Macy Jane), and that He is the only way to Heaven. She told us that if she died without Him in her heart, she would go to “fail” – which I thought was a pretty cute and fitting name for hell – but we did teach her the correct word. When we finished our conversation, Allen and I told her that she understood everything she needed to know and then asked if she’d like to ask Jesus into her heart.


She nonchalantly replied, “No thanks” and went on her happy way.


On our way to church that morning, from the back seat, we heard Clara say, “Mama, Daddy… I’m ready to ask Jesus into my heart now.” So, in the van, on the road, we all prayed together.


What a precious, sweet moment for this Mama’s heart.



On Sunday, March 18th, Allen had the privilege of baptizing Clara in our Sunday evening service.




I’m blessed to have the opportunity to disciple my sweet girl and watch as Jesus molds and transforms her more and more into His image.  I’m excited to see what He has in store for her.

4 Responses to “FAITH LIKE A CHILD”

  • How beautiful!!!! JK and I loved reading this story and look forward to the day our children understand and tell us they want Jesus to live in their hearts… we have also been hesitant and trying not to push them so that we know they are for sure ready and wanting it instead of feeling pressured. :) Congratulation mama and daddy, Im sure this is a wonderful feeling for you! I love the pictures you took!!!! Alana

  • Loren Garofalo:

    Allen and Brooke,
    What a thrilling testimony of godly parenting and loving the Lord first and foremost! We had the joy and privilege of standing for Clara as Allen baptized her that day and we felt so excited for you all! What a tremendous burden lifted and I have no doubt that Clara understands all that she needs to know to make that decision. What a beautiful and bright little girl!
    God bless you all!
    Loren

  • Donna:

    She is just beautiful! Welcome to the family, Clara.

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